Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region)

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Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region)

Employment by industry (Census)

Retail Trade is the largest employer in the Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region), making up 10.3% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across the Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region).

Note: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, the Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region)20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,5750.82.51,2580.72.4+317
Mining5,1702.66.64,6372.56.4+533
Manufacturing13,8057.15.621,51811.58.2-7,713
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,8661.01.22,0781.11.1-212
Construction17,5669.09.915,4588.310.4+2,108
Wholesale Trade9,3304.82.512,7726.93.5-3,442
Retail Trade20,11210.39.520,85011.210.0-738
Accommodation and Food Services12,1256.26.49,6905.25.9+2,435
Transport, Postal and Warehousing18,7309.64.617,3409.34.6+1,390
Information Media and Telecommunications1,5210.81.01,2760.71.1+245
Financial and Insurance Services2,5191.32.32,7171.52.5-198
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3,7071.91.73,7462.01.7-39
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services9,3814.86.49,9875.47.2-606
Administrative and Support Services5,9243.03.35,1692.83.1+755
Public Administration and Safety9,8375.06.29,4105.06.2+427
Education and Training19,59110.08.716,6658.98.0+2,926
Health Care and Social Assistance18,3139.411.714,6897.910.3+3,624
Arts and Recreation Services5,4292.81.64,6332.51.3+796
Other Services8,5544.43.98,0924.33.9+462
Industry not classified10,0775.24.64,3982.42.2+5,679
Total persons195,132100.0100.0186,421100.0100.0+8,711

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts.

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Retail Trade (20,112 people or 10.3%)
  • Education and Training (19,591 people or 10.0%)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (18,730 people or 9.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 58,433 people in total or 29.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 9.5% in Retail Trade; 8.7% in Education and Training and 4.6% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) and Western Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Transport, Postal and Warehousing (9.6% compared to 4.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (2.6% compared to 6.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (9.4% compared to 11.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Wholesale Trade (4.8% compared to 2.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) were for those employed in:

  • Manufacturing (-7,713 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+5,679 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+3,624 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (-3,442 local workers)

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